In­di­ans down un­der en­joy work and fun

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IT’S a long way from In­dia’s bustling streets but for five pro­fes­sion­als from South­ern In­dia, Air­lie Beach has made its mark as a place where the main traf­fic is on the wa­ter and the sky is un­for­get­tably open and blue.

Hosted by the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach, th­ese five vis­i­tors to our lit­tle com­mu­nity spent two days last week in­volved in tourism and in­dus­try ac­tiv­i­ties as part of a Group Study Ex­change. World­wide, Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional pro­vides grants for pro­fes­sional men, aged be­tween 25 and 40, to travel from their res­i­dent coun­tries in a unique cul­tural and vo­ca­tional ex­change. For three to six weeks, team mem­bers ex­pe­ri­ence the host coun­try’s in­sti­tu­tions and ways of life, ob­serv­ing their own vo­ca­tions as prac­tised abroad, de­vel­op­ing per­sonal and pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships, ex­chang­ing ideas and hope­fully ap­ply­ing this knowl­edge when they re­turn to their home­lands.

Here in the Whit­sun­days, the vis­it­ing team at­tended a com­bined Ro­tary meet­ing with Bowen and Proser­pine clubs ahead of a one-hour flight over the outer reef and is­lands with GSL Avi­a­tion. Then it was down to work, at­tend­ing lessons at the Proser­pine State High School and ob­serv­ing how phar­ma­cies, legal of­fices and so­lar power in­stal­la­tions are run.

While the team had al­ready vis­ited Cairns, Ma­reeba, In­n­is­fail, Mission Beach, Ing­ham and Townsville en-route, Air­lie Beach Ro­tar­ian Ian Hud­son said it was the Whit­sun­days that left a last­ing im­pres­sion. “They all stated the most re­mark­able, para­mount part of their ex­pe­ri­ence in Australia had been in the Whit­sun­days, no­tably be­cause most had never been in a light air­craft be­fore, and (be­cause of ) the spec­tac­u­lar scenery of Hill In­let, White­haven Beach and the reef,” he said.

WHOLE NEW WORLD: Mo­han­raj Ammu, Ji­joy Joseph, pi­lot Nick Kraitzer, Ian Hud­son, Sand­hya Sankar, Adithi Devesan and Bharath Man­ickc­hand ready to board a GSL plane for a scenic flight.

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